Hawai`i Educational Research Association

43rd Annual Conference
University of Hawai‘i at Manoa Campus Center
Date: TBD February/March 2024

Call for 2024 Distinguished Paper

Submission Deadline:
via email 11:59pm HST, December 16, 2023


HERA is soliciting unpublished papers for its Distinguished Paper Award for the 43rd Annual Conference.  HERA will confer the award on a paper that has been judged to best meet the established criteria.  The winning paper is automatically included on the HERA conference program and author(s) must present their paper in person at the conference. Author(s) must be current standing 2023-2024 members of HERA. If not currently a member, author(s) may submit membership dues for 2023-2024 for their paper to be considered.

In addition to the local honor and a monetary award of $500, the recipient(s) of the HERA Distinguished Paper Award receives an invitation to present at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, where the winner is also recognized with a certificate.

HERA Distinguished Paper Award Criteria

  1. Significance of Topic or Problem (e.g., has educational significance; purpose and rationale clearly provide importance of problem or issue)
  2. Scholarship and Objectivity (e.g., is research and theory-based, theoretical perspective apparent; relationship to literature articulated; limitations noted and discussed; conclusions drawn are reasonable and supported)
  3. Organization and Coherence (e.g., conclusions relate to study and findings; findings and conclusions are related to other research and to expressed purposes)
  4. Clarity of Presentation, Language, and Style (and also of design; data presentation, such as tables and figures; and technical factors, such as procedures and statistical analyses)

Submissions will be blind-reviewed by a panel of judges using the criteria set forth in this Call for Distinguished Papers.  Award will be conferred on the paper that meets all criteria and is judged most distinguished among the submissions.

Paper Format Guidelines

Your paper must conform to the following requirements to be considered:

Paper Submission

Intent to Submit

You must send an email to herainfo@hawaii.edu using the Subject Line "Intent to Submit, Distinguished Paper" by 4 pm HST December 8, 2023 to indicate that you intend to submit a paper for consideration. Your intent to submit does not bind you to submit an actual paper. However, a note of withdrawal would be appreciated. In your intent to submit email, please include the author(s), tentative title, and brief description.

Submitting your paper

Submit your paper using the Subject Line "Distinguished Paper Award Submission" as an attachment via email to herainfo@hawaii.edu by 11:59 pm Hawaii Standard Time on December 16, 2023. In your email, please include the following:

After receipt by our office, you will receive an email notification of receipt within 3 working days. If you do not receive a notification of receipt, please email us at herainfo@hawaii.edu or call 956-6507.


The lead author of the winning paper will be notified by December 31, 2023.

Should you have any questions, please call Truc Nguyen at 956-6507 or email herainfo@hawaii.edu.



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